100 games for Saint Barber
Saturday, 22nd July, 2017
By Tyler Hannigan
The Saints’ Mick Barber will play his 100th game this weekend when his team takes on local rivals Broken Hill United in the final round of the Outback Rugby League season.
Barber first played for the club back in 2004 and has played his entire career in the black and white of the Saints.
“I love the club,” Barber said. “I love the people involved and I’ve made some great friends in my time at the club. It’s the people that make the club what it is.”
Barber has tasted ultimate success twice with the Saints in their premierships wins of 2008 and 2013. He said that the 2008 flag was a particular highlight.
“The premierships are my favourite memories and 2008 was really sweet,” he said. “We partied long and hard after that one.”
The Saints are enjoying a great season, sitting in second spot with one round to go before finals but Barber isn’t surprised at how well they’ve gone.
“It’s a very talented team,” he said. “Lots of really good players but also, and more importantly, they’re great blokes too.”
Saints RLFC president Paul Kemp was full of praise for long-time club servant Barber.
“He’s a great asset to the club both on the field and off,” Kemp said.
“Mick is very loyal which is sometimes hard to come by these days.”
United and the Saints will conclude the Outback Rugby League regular season today when they meet in the final match of the day at the Lamb Oval.
The Saints would secure second spot with a win but could drop down to third if they lose and the Menindee Wedge-Tail Eagles beat the Menindee Yabbies.
Things are tougher for United who sit one point behind the Parntu Warriors in fifth place. United needs to win and for the Warriors to go down to play in the finals.
Kemp is expecting a hard-hitting match between the two Broken Hill sides as they each have something on the line.
“I think it’s going to be a tough, exciting game,” he said.
“The whole weekend will be big with each town’s rival teams facing off.
“The ORL are doing a fantastic job and we have to thank them for the work that they do. Also, we need to thank the Musicians’ Club for their continued support as without them we wouldn’t be able to keep going.”